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Headmaster's Weekly News, Friday 14th September, 2018

Sep 14, 2018

14 September 2018



Dear Parents,

Out and About with Pre-School
I visited Pre-School this week and was given a very warm welcome! Sienna offered me some birthday cake as soon as I entered the room. I asked what type of cake it was and she said vanilla. Mrs Hayes said it had been a busy time for birthdays with five in the first two weeks! Mohamad was very keen to talk to me about dinosaurs - one of his favourite topics - and he chatted away happily. Lucas, Aurora, Mohamad, Sienna, Violet and Alaylah were all playing in the messy play area. Alaylah said it looked like milkshake and then announced that she had found a hidden spoon. Violet said it smelt of peppermint, Lucas said it was filled with glitter and treasure or maybe unicorn food! He followed this up by saying he wanted to be messy all day- sorry mum! Lana was very excited to tell me about her new baby brother. She said she was his big sister with a beaming smile. Lailah confidently brought her snack -a large orange- for me to peel. She went off eating it happily. Henry was in the cooking area. He told me he was going to make pancakes and he asked me to sit down. He laid the table before serving me a pancake. Krisha was giving him a helping hand. I asked if I could have sugar and lemon. He said, ‘Of course!’ before serving them. The service was excellent and food exquisite; definitely a high rating on Trip Advisor. Miss Iqbal returned from the library with her group. Aliya rushed up and said hello with a big smile. There was a lovely atmosphere in the room with the children really communicating with each other and the staff, exploring new vocabulary and enjoying a range of activities and imaginary games. Thank you Pre-School for looking after me. A fantastic meal, a lovely piece of cake and wonderful company. I shall definitely return soon!

Activities are Underway!
A full activity programme got underway this week. I visited Year 2 Science Club. They were starting an experiment called Confusing Cans. The children were trying to find out how far different cans of food would roll down a ramp. They then had to try to match up unlabelled cans to the cans that were labelled by rolling them down the same slope. The children first had to predict which one would roll the furthest. They all chose a different can but Lola, Harriet and Eloise chose the can of apples. The children were very excited as they set up the slopes and rolled can after can. Ms Eccles reminded the children that the conditions for the experiment needed always to be the same. The children slowed down and arranged the ramp more carefully and made sure the cans had a clear run. The spaghetti hoops rolled the least and the apples rolled the furthest. Aibhlin said it was because of what was inside the can. Ms Eccles asked the children to remember the start of the lesson when they talked about the density/thickness of what is inside the can. The tins with less density have travelled the least distance. Before they checked the distance with the unlabelled cans, Hannah said they needed to make sure the ramp was in the same place otherwise the tins would travel a different distance. One after another the children rolled the tins. Apart from one tin, they all travelled the same distance which not only impressed the children but supported the original results. The children have to complete a number of experiments over the coming weeks to achieve a science badge. Thank you Ms Eccles for a very interesting science activity.

Student Council
This Wednesday we held our first Student Council Meeting of the year. This is a very important meeting in the school week which gives the student councillors a chance to represent their form and share any issues with myself and other children within the school. They have come up with many ideas over the years including having a school charity and holding our annual bake-off to name just a couple. They were very keen this week, listening carefully with some representatives already suggesting some good points. The main focus for the council for this term will be choosing a school charity and preparing for Children in Need.
The student councillors for this term are: Esme, Raj, Lyla, Frank, James, Umar, Aadi, Ayesha, Katie, Yawar and Omar.

Dates for the Diary:
Friday 21st September - 4D Assembly 8.30 and under 11s Football v Harris (A) 3.30pm
Friday 28th September - 1D Assembly
Friday 19th October - 4S Assembly

Merit Awards
RB: Sarah RH: Aisha 1D: Lily 1W: Tabitha 2E: Sharan
3J: Frank 3M: Taylor 4D: Jack 4S: Diya 5M: Lucas 6H: Aamina 6P: Yawar
Monitor of the week: Zain
High 5 Award: Ayesha N

Thought for the Week
We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney

Yours sincerely


J M Duke

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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